Author Archives: Michael Johnston

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things (Pieces)

My two latest purchases from Michael’s Music Service arrived yesterday and I am always very pleased with both, Sowerby Requiescat in Pace and Sellars Overture Fantastique. Last month it was the Barnes Fugue in G minor. I have been buying … Continue reading

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“Is It Hard to Learn Five Keyboards?” (audio)

New City Hall Organ Tours Announced Join Loretta Ryan of ABC in Brisbane for this fun radio interview with their local Father Willis. What a fine piece for the general media! “If you like nothing better than a little bit … Continue reading

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The Troxy’s New Wurlitzer (video)

A Great and Mighty Wurlitzer “The Troxy’s new Mighty Wurlitzer (popularly known as ‘the one man orchestra’) is the largest of its kind ever imported to Europe. A former resident of the Trocodero in Elephant and Castle, it was saved … Continue reading

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Organ and Labyrinth: What A Combination

Trinity Episcopal’s ‘Organ & Labyrinth’ Series to Conclude Here is another unusual idea for those who wish to start a series of organ music. Install a labyrinth inside your church and play during the time that it’s open to pilgrims. … Continue reading

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Organ Scholars Come to Duke

Duke Chapel Begins New Organ Scholars Program In the words of every advertising copy writer, “Finally!” This is fantastic news, and it’s a fine time to begin practicing this long overdue tradition, in that it comes in the interim of … Continue reading

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More Pipes for Spreckels

Spreckels Organ Getting New Pipes to Stay Biggest Read about the new pipes and effects added to the great organ in Balboa Park. Perhaps we are entering a new “Space Race.” Society executive director Ross Porter said the additional pipes … Continue reading

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1917 Casavant Saved from Scrap Heap

Milton Pipe Organ Finds New Home in Historic Village Read about this success story of an organ moved to another location where it can appreciated for generations. It’s a 1917 Casavant. Bravo, Sherbrooke Village and everyone involved! The pipe organ … Continue reading

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New Interest in Albert Ribollet

Albert Gilbert Ribollet (1884-1963) First, you should know that life’s difficulties do not always result in the end of dreams and desires. We know of pianists with only the use of one hand, for example. This is a story of … Continue reading

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Juilliard Organist and Composer Biography and Photos

Gaston Dethier: Not Just for Christmas I suspect that you, like me, first heard of Gaston Dethier from hearing Virgil Fox play his “Christmas.” Because it is so easily available from free download sites, I chose to restore another of … Continue reading

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Handel and the Roots of Telecommunications

Handel and the Roots of Telecommunications As I was watching some science and math programs on Youtube, I came across Professor Dan Fleisch and his video from 2006 announcing a new course about the beginnings of telecommunications. Imagine my surprise … Continue reading

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